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2017 Penfolds "Bin 28 Kalimna" Shiraz South Australia

SKU #1438729 96 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Deep, bright crimson. The battle lines are there before you smell or taste the wine: Penfolds' black-fruited depth and power on the one hand, the elegant vintage stamp on the other. Its balance and structure are the guarantee of a very long life. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The richer counterpart to Bin 128, this warm-climate blend of Barossa, McLaren Vale and Padthaway fruit (no Upper Adelaide or Wrattonbully fruit in this vintage) is a deep, primary dark ruby colour. And yet it's from a cool growing season, with the harvest finishing a month later than the previous year. It displays a subdued, spicy richness of aroma spliced with a hint of cooler vintage pepper. The palate though is typically generously fruited, with blackberry fruit infused with Penfolds’ trademark toasty vanillin American oak - an umami feel, it's underpinned by nicely resolved tannins that are very much present in the mouthfeel, gradually softening as the wine tapers towards its sumptuous conclusion. Bring on the chilli con carne or braised pork belly. (AR) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Impressive for the concentrated notes of blackberry, cassis and framboise, with touches of dried violet, black walnut and black pepper. Dense tannins and espresso and tobacco details linger on the finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has moved to position itself firmly as a wine that trades on the strengths of Barossa shiraz, in an all-round way, while also incorporating McLaren Vale and Padthaway sourcing. Deep blackberries and redder fruit with a creamy, vanillin-laced nose and some cedar and tarry notes. The palate has a smooth build of fleshy fruit and silky, refined and polished tannin. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of fruit from Barossa, McLaren Vale and Padthaway, the 2017 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is meant to replicate the Northern Barossa style of its namesake vineyard, with opulent dark fruit, savory spice notes of pepper and licorice and a full-bodied, plush mouthfeel. It's a delicious Shiraz... (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A rich and supple shiraz, this is chewy and meaty, dense with black olive and dark plum flavors. It’s a clean blend from Penfolds’ vineyards and growers throughout South Australia, fully extracted yet gentle. (JG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 is a multi-vineyard cuvée sourced from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Upper Adelaide, and Wrattonbully. Brought up in American oak, it reveals a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a rocking bouquet of sweet plums, Asian spices, vanilla, and black olives, with a hint of eucalyptus emerging with time in the glass. Rounded, medium-bodied, and supple on the palate, it has plenty of fruit, good balance... Inner quote mark (11/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Buttery and sweet and round, with lots of muscle and sinew underneath. Intense and quite a bit of freshness. Not hot and heavy at all. But all that structure demands time. 17/20 Inner quote mark (10/2019)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2020 | Send Email
The Penfolds Bin 28 is by far the best rendition of this wine I have had in recent memory. A complex blend of aromas that includes ripened red and black fruits among charcoal, tar and savory undertones with just a touch of black olive. Cedar shavings among vanilla and spice from the American Oak are perfectly matched to the fruit here. Relatively concentrated on the palate, it has sweet core to it but is far from jammy and still light on its feet.

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